The Golden State Warriors are on the verge of making some history by winning their third straight NBA Championship. The last team to accomplish that feat was the Lakers in the early 2000s.
But had the Warriors been able to close the deal in 2016, they might be going for their fourth straight.
If you remember, the Dubs were up 3-1 against the Cavs that year before losing the next three in a row. They won 73 games that season only for it to end in a complete collapse on the game's biggest stage.
In hindsight, nobody knows what happened or who to blame. But if you ask Steph Curry, he will point the finger at himself.
"His reaction with 53 ticks left on the Game 7 clock in the 2016 NBA Finals, seconds after Kyrie Irving’s surgical 3-point shot had fallen through the strings, was a primal, instinctive response to a lifetime spent swirling in a cauldron of competition and pressure: “I gotta go back at him.”
This, Curry would recognize later, was the incorrect course of action. But in the moment, pride overrode practical sensibilities.
“I’m like, ‘I just need a little space’ — and that’s where I started to rush,” Curry says now. “I look back and think I could have easily gone around [Love] and gotten a 2, and we could have gotten a stop, and then I could come back down and hit another shot, and we win another championship, instead of me going for the hero shot, which I felt like I could make.
That was a shot where I was not under control. And it cost us a championship."
Curry is talking about that infamous shot in which he was guarded by Kevin Love. It was one of the plays that changed the game, and Steph missed the opportunity.
It is never just one play or one player that changes the outcome of a game. There are plenty of others to blame, including Kyrie Irving and LeBron, who played out of their minds to pull Cleveland out of the gutter.
And while Steph's guilt is understandable, he has more than made up for it since.